Category Archives: Meditations on Specific Texts

Patriarchy, Divorce, and Inequitable Laws

     If you only read the verses selected by the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday (Luke 16:19-31), you might think the story Jesus made up about the conversation in Hades between Abraham, the rich man, and Lazarus simply refers … Continue reading

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The Abomination of Unequal Weights and Measures

Luke 16:1-13 I get really frustrated when I get my explanation of benefits for health insurance claims. During the first year I was retired, I used the Kentucky Healthcare Cooperative for my health insurance. I had an annual physical and because … Continue reading

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Unrighteous Mammon – What Is It?

     This is my interpretation/translation of Luke 16:1-13 with some footnotes at the end to explain some of the changes. Then [Jesus] also said to the disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a manager, and this manager … Continue reading

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To be a Disciple is to be a Shepherd

Luke 15:1-10                                                                         Jesus had been teaching a crowd about the cost of choosing discipleship when he responded to the Pharisees with the story of a shepherd finding a lost sheep. Everyone who was listening understood that when you … Continue reading

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When Family Gets in the Way of Discipleship

Luke 14:25-33 + 2                                          According to Sunday’s gospel reading, Luke 14:25-33, you must (1) hate your family, (2) take up your cross – which is an image of suffering and persecution, and (3) give up your possessions to be … Continue reading

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Compassion or Attendance?

Luke 14:1, 7-14 At the end of this blog is a sermon I preached in 2013 on the Luke 14 text. There’s not much difference in how I have translated the text from the Greek from the typical versions:      Now … Continue reading

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Law Does Not Trump Love

Luke 13:10-17        The Sabbath. A day of rest? Or a day of Law, sprinkled with a little good news? What serves you best? A church full of love or law? What serves the church best? Love or law? What … Continue reading

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Come To Terms with Your Accusers

Luke 12:49-56 Once upon a time I wrote a blog or two about the viability of reincarnation as a doctrine. Many in the first century believed in reincarnation. Jesus appears to have indicated the teaching was alive and well during … Continue reading

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Be Vigilant – Enter the Kingdom Today

       My translation of the text from Luke 12:32-40 offers a different understanding of this passage, which is often used in an apocalyptic bent. It’s amazing how different the Greek can be translated when you are not manipulating the … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer – Pray for Maturity

Luke 11:1-13        There are three basic differences between the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11 and the one found in Matthew 6. My focus in the book I wrote about a translation of the prayer coming out of the Aramaic … Continue reading

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